One of the biggest challenges faced by organizations in the competitive market is – retaining and managing the employees. But, in the year 2020, where every business is negatively impacted due to a “pandemic”. Another challenge encountered by the companies is to retain their valuable employees. Additionally, the qualm of when the economy will get back to “normal” and employees are perturbing about their futures. With that said, here are some top suggestions companies can endeavor to keep their employees captivated and connected to their work and towards the company:
• Safety Should Be Priority
Due to COVID-19, “safety” has become the top preference for every industry. However, employees working from home are responsible for their safety but if companies are re-opening their operations then they are required to create a healthy and safe environment workplace for their staff. Wearing masks, keeping social distancing are some easy protocols to put in the office. If employees are willing to follow the rules, they can join the office and if they are not willing to do, they can continue working from home. Furthermore, the employees should be immediately informed about the “positive case” on the premises along with including preventive measures to make sure other employees and their families are safe. Thus, with coherent communication, staff will build more trust in the organization.
• Clear Communication Is The Key
As we know the time is challenging and tough for everyone, so clear communication with employees plays an imperative role. So, for employees to feel valued, businesses should share their weekly report, how the virus has impacted the company’s revenue, and if there is any change in policies should be informed well in advance. Additionally, explicit communication with the staff will bring encouragement and compassion to the work. They can make an informed decision along with openly sharing their uncertainties in the most uncertain times we are living in now!
• Flexibility Is Must
Flexibility has become a crucial component for businesses working during the pandemic. For employees to maintain their work-life balance such as some may need extra time to take care of things at home like home-schooling for kids or taking care of a sick loved one- companies need to be a little flexible in their timings. So, be a leader, not a boss, and work with the team to find the schedule that is best suited for both the company and the worker. If you have hired the team based on their “ability” and they can work “independently” then trust them now! the little understanding you show now will ensure their loyalty and efficiency in the long run.
• Have Clarity On Financial Situations
Nation-wide lockdowns, the global market closed, and scarcity of resources are some major challenges faced by businesses across the world. Companies should communicate with the employees about the financial stability of the business and possible issues that may come up soon. Before, paying salaries late or cutting wages, or asking staff to resign, a business should reach an agreement with the staff and sufficient time for employees so they can prepare for the future.
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